“Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27, Lev. 19:18 (NIV)
Jesus replied to a legal expert who had asked what we must do to inherit eternal life, “What is written in the law?” The expert answered by quoting from Leviticus.
What do these words mean? Simply put, we are to loved God WITH ALL THAT WE ARE- heart, soul, strength, and mind.
*The heart is thought to be the seat of our emotions.
* The soul is who we truly are. Other names for the soul are persona, or spirit.
*Our strength is our physical stamina.
*Our mind is that part of us that controls our thoughts.
We need to practice turning our whole selves, heart, soul, strength, and mind over to God. By doing this we would model His love for others, would be closer to God, and have eternal life.
As I transcribed these thoughts, I realized how simple these thoughts sound. I also recognized that believing in Christ and living for Him is a lot simpler than we make it. When are we going to communicate the simplicity of living for God?